NS6064 : Graham Square - The Calf

taken 15 years ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Graham Square - The Calf
Graham Square - The Calf
"Animals came from over the horizon
They belonged there & here
They were both mortal & immortal
Each lion was lion & Each ox was ox"

So runs the inscription at the base of this statue of a garlanded calf. It stands in a square that is enclosed on the west by an old stone facade with a new building behind it; the facade bears horned heads, namely, those of a bull and a ram: LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link (compare LinkExternal link in Coatbridge).

To the north, another horned head, that of a bearded man, peers down beneath a clock face: LinkExternal link

The south side of the square is open to the street (the Gallowgate), but a tower on the other side is painted with a black cattle skull and garland: LinkExternal link

"The Calf" (1998-2000) is one of many public artworks sculpted by Kenny Hunter that are to be found in Glasgow and in surrounding areas; for other works by Kenny Hunter, see: LinkExternal link

The inscription that runs around around the base was carved by J.B.Kemp, and is drawn from an anthropological text ("Why look at animals?") by John Berger.

The horned heads in carved stone nearby, and the tower with its skull and garland, are much older than this statue.

Taken together, these works give the place a strange sacrificial aura. This seems appropriate: immediately to the north of Graham Square there was formerly an abattoir; in turn, to the north of the abattoir was the cattle market.

Car auctions are now held in the site of the former cattle market. I have watched these take place, and it is striking just how closely they follow the format of the cattle auctions.
Graham Square
The square contains a statue of a garlanded calf; the surrounding facades of old buildings feature architectural details on a similar theme.
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Date Taken
February 2003   (more nearby)
Thursday, 4 September, 2008
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
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Graham Square 
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Sculptor (from Tags)
Kenny Hunter 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6066 6481 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.3771N 4:13.6575W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6067 6481
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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